Farmers market vendors

Minneapolis is home to nearly 30 markets across the City. Find out what you need to know to be a vendor.

Minneapolis is home to nearly 30 markets across the City. The markets range from small mini-markets to large farmers markets. For information about Farmers Markets locations and hours, visit Homegrown Minneapolis.

Becoming a vendor

To become a vendor at a Minneapolis farmers market or other public market, contact the market manager.

Requirements

  • All vendors must be invited to participate in markets and public events by the market manager or the event food sponsor. 
  • Every invited vendor must give their permit or license number, or exemption information, to the market manager. 
  • Vendors at Minneapolis farmers markets must get a Minneapolis Seasonal Food Permit, with some exceptions. Exceptions are food trucks licensed by the City of Minneapolis and exempt vendors (see #2 below). 

Vendor types

We allow three types of vendors at Minneapolis farmers markets:

Seasonal food permit vendor 

This permit allows vendors to participate in farmers markets and public events in Minneapolis.

Seasonal Food Permit vendors typically: 

  • Provide food intended for immediate consumption
  • Provide packaged food intended for off-site consumption
  • Resell produce
  • Are wild harvesters - A wild harvester is a vendor who sells products that are grown and harvested on land that is not owned or leased by the harvester, and who is licensed according to Minnesota law or city ordinance.
  • Are farm processors - A farm processor is a vendor who sells products that are grown, raised or harvested on land owned or leased by the farm processor and have additional ingredients added that are purchased and/or not grown, raised or harvested by them on their land such as to produce sausage, bacon, cheese, flavors added to honey or maple syrup, etc. and who is licensed according to Minnesota law or city ordinance.

You must get a Seasonal Food Permit even if you have a: 

  • Restaurant license
  • State retail or state mobile food license (such as a Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Mobile Food Unit or a Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) Retail Mobile Food Handler license)

See the Minneapolis Seasonal Food Permit in English , Spanish  

Exempt vendors

State law allows specific vendors to operate without a permit or license. You are an exempt vendor if you meet the definition of exempt vendor in state law. 

If you are a Cottage Food Producer, you must be registered with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) to use your exemption. 

You must tell the market manager if you are an exempt vendor. You do not need to be registered with MDA if you are one of the following vendor types. 

  • Product of the Farm vendor - A grower, or a group of growers, who sell products that are grown, raised or harvested on land owned or leased by the grower(s) with no off-farm ingredients added. Examples include vegetables, fruits, eggs, meats, plants, flowers, honey, maple syrup, etc. as recognized by MN Stat. 28A.15.
  • Meat Processor – Farmers who sell meat from their own animals that have been processed at a state “equal to” or USDA facility. No ingredients may be added to the meat. To be exempt from licensing, farmers must only sell their inspected meat. 
  • Food demonstration and sampling - A market sponsored food demonstration and sampling activity. The main ingredient(s) used must be from vendors at the market. The market must have a MN registered Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) present during food demonstrations. The demonstration must meet promotional or educational purposes as defined in MN 28A.151. 
  • Poultry Processors - Farmers selling whole or cut up poultry (no other ingredients added) from their own flock that were slaughtered at an MDA inspected facility. 

Minneapolis licensed food trucks

We allow food trucks with a Minneapolis Mobile Food Vehicle Vendor license to operate at:

  • Farmers markets
  • Permitted public events in Minneapolis

Using mechanical refrigeration

Vendors with cold time/temperature control for safety foods (formerly Potentially Hazardous Food) must use mechanical refrigeration certified or classified for sanitation by an ANSI accredited certification program (such as NSF, CSA, ETL, or UL). 

Time/temperature control for safety (TCS) food is any perishable food that can support rapid and progressive grown of infection or toxigenic microorganisms. 

Contact 311 and ask to speak with a health inspector on the food permit team if you have questions.

Farmers market vendor categories

  • Seasonal vendors need a Minneapolis Seasonal Food Permit, English  , Spanish
  • Farm processors need a Minneapolis Seasonal Food Permit English  , Spanish
  • Wild harvesters need a Minneapolis Seasonal Food Permit English  , Spanish
  • Registered Cottage Food vendors must register with MN Dept. of Agriculture and market manager
  • Registered Poultry Processors must register with MN Dept. of Agriculture and market manager
  • Product of the Farm must register with market manager
  • Meat Processor must register with market manager
  • Food sampling/demo must register with market manager

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